Thanks for taking the time to take a look at the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association.

We are a group of amateur radio operators based out of Bloomington, MN. Monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August).

KDØCL (2-Meters)

Status: Online
Transmit: 147.0900 MHz
Receive: 147.6900 MHz
Tone: 100.0 Hz

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Become an Operator

Looking for information on how to become an amateur radio operator? Find information on upcoming classes, exams as well as study information for all levels here.

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2018 Club Officers

President: Bill Mitchell (AEØEE)
Vice President: Martha Lamas-Krogstad (OA4ABC)
Secretary: Dan Royer (KEØOR)
Treasurer: Steve Huntsman (AAØP)

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Radios in the Park September 6, 2018

As we head into fall, here’s an outdoor operating event that won’t require a winter parka…
We began the 2018 season of Radios in the Park back in May with the New Ham Night session. Tomorrow, we wrap up the scheduled sessions with another evening at Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights, beginning around 5:30 PM.

No special activities are planned for this session, just grab your gear, come on out, set-up your station and get on the air! Don’t have a portable station, no problem, come on out and gather ideas for that time when you decide to put one together.

Amateur Radio Extra Class License Study Class

Amateur Radio Extra Class License Study Class – September 2018
Want to increase your radio knowledge and bragging rights? Come join this study class using the Gordon West materials. This class is sponsored by the Maple Grove Radio Club – a service oriented club serving the Northwest suburbs.

When: Thursday’s starting September 20th. Class usually runs twelve weeks.
Class time 6:45 – 9:15 pm
Where: Maple Grove Fire Station #2 – Upper entrance
13450 Maple Knoll Way – Corner of Elm Creek Blvd and Maple Knoll Way
Cost: $10 registration fee due first night of class. You will also need to purchase the Gordon West text book for about $22.
Details will be emailed to you after you register for the class.

To Register or get answers to your questions: Email registration@mnyarc.org
Please include your name, Address, and phone contact information as well as your email address.

The Extra Class License exam will be offered on the last night of class for an additional $15 fee.

Please share this information with you fellow hams.

Gordy Hanson N0ZRD
Training Chair
Maple Grove Radio Club

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest

Last Chance Tailgate Swap Fest

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

09/29/2018

Start Date: 09/29/2018
End Date: 09/29/2018
Location: West Medicine Lake Community Club
1705 Forestview Lane
Plymouth, MN
Website: http://tcfmc.org
Sponsor: Twin City FM Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.76 (PL 114.8)
Public Contact: Michael Miller , NØNY
9416 West 14th Street St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 612-718-4718
Email: trustee.tcfmc@gmail.com

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/last-chance-tailgate-swap-fest

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest

SMARTSFEST

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

09/22/2018

Start Date: 09/22/2018
End Date: 09/22/2018
Location: Cologne Community Center
1211 Village Parkway
Cologne, MN 55322
Website: http://smartsfest.org
Sponsor: SMARTS Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.165+ PL Open
Public Contact: Monte Casebier , ADØDB
620 North Linden Street Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Phone: 952-873-3390
Email: ContactUs@SmartsFest.org

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/smartsfest-2

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September 4th Meeting

The Next meeting of the Bloomington Amateur Radio Association (BARA) and Bloomington AUXCOMM will be Tuesday September 4th.

7:00 PM Bloomington AUXCOMM
7:30 PM Bloomington Amateur Radio Association

Join us in Haeg Room, on the 2nd floor, of Bloomington Civic Plaza 1800 West Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington

If the door is locked call on the 147.09+ (tone 100.0) FM repeater or 443.100+ Bloomngton DMR repeater channel 1 (local 9) to gain building access

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Radios in the Park / Antenna Shootout in Oak Park Heights

We have Radios in the Park scheduled for August 16 at Valley View Park in Oak Park Heights.

The evening will feature Round 2 of the Antenna Shootout: Buddipole Showdown! Some issues came up that prevented a successful run using the Buddipole as a horizontal dipole on 40-meters during the Antenna Shootout on July 26th. Mike NØODK has spent the time to review the Buddipole instructions and practice setting it one up. Mike’s requested another go at the Antenna Shootout with the Buddipole. We going to do just that, with a twist. The Buddipole will be configured in vertical and horizontal configurations and run on both 40 meters and 30 meters using WSPR and WSPRnet to track the performance. In additional, Matt K0BBC heard about this round, and being proficient with the Buddipole (having participated in the Buddipole DXpedition to St Lucia Island in 2016 with the likes of W3FF himself) and will be bringing his Buddipole for a showdown. Matt will also share tips and tricks of using the Buddipole. This one will be fun! One thing we learned from the first round is that we need to provide realtime views of the reception reports for all to see. Plans are afoot to enable that this round, possibly with a projector onto the inside wall of the pavilion.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest

Rush City Radio Rendezvous Hamfest

09/08/2018

Start Date: 09/08/2018
End Date: 09/08/2018
Location: Rush City High School
51001 Fairfield Avenue
Rush City, MN 55069
Website: http://www.magicrepeater.net/ecmarc.htm
Sponsor: East Central Minnesota Amateur Radio Club (ECMARC)
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 145.330 -600 (PL 146.2)
Public Contact: Larry Jilek , KAØMEN
51835 Belle Isle Drive Rush City, MN 55069
Phone: 320-358-4205
Email: lj@ecenet.com

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/rush-city-radio-rendezvous-2

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ARRL Dakota Division Update

The ARRL July 2018 Board of Directors meeting minutes have been published on the league’s website.  I wanted to share with you some of the highlights of the meeting.

The Volunteer Monitoring (VM) program was announced to replace the official observer program.  The VM program was developed in response to the now smaller FCC enforcement department in an effort to identify situations that need addressing, gather suitable evidence and present the findings in a way that will potentially result in swifter responses from the FCC.  More information can be found at http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-adopts-volunteer-monitoring-program-official-observer-program-to-be-retired

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) is getting an overhaul.  New membership levels, training materials, and ARES Connect, an online membership database are a few of the changes.  Our three Section Emergency Coordinators have been given a copy of ARES Strategic Plan and asked to submit comments to ARRL HQ.  More information can be found at http://www.arrl.org/news/ares-continues-move-toward-enhanced-training-paperless-reporting

The ARRL Articles of Incorporation were updated to include volunteer indemnification, add “the national association for Amateur Radio” to the front page and update the Board of Directors election schedule.  The details are contained in the meeting minutes and the arrl.org website will happen soon.

The meeting agenda and minutes are on-line at http://www.arrl.org/board-meetings
The various committee reports are on-line at http://www.arrl.org/committee-reports

The Dakota Division is looking for a new Contest Advisory Committee member.  The Contest Advisory Committee was tasked with studying aspects of digital mode contests and the November ARRL Sweepstakes.  If you have an interest, please contact me directly.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.  I look forward to visiting South Dakota members in Sioux Falls and Rapid City later this month.  The fall hamfest season is near and the Dakota Division calendar has been updated at www.arrldakota.org. Vice Director Nelson is planning to attend the RRRA hamfest and ARRL North Dakota State Convention, September 29th, in West Fargo.

73 Matt Holden, KØBBC, ARRL Dakota Division Director
k0bbc@arrl.org

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest

Brainerd Tailgate Hamfest

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

08/25/2018

Start Date: 08/25/2018
End Date: 08/25/2018
Location: Crow Wing County Fairgrounds
2000 13th Street SE
Brainerd, MN 56401
Website: http://brainerdham.org
Sponsor: Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.225
Public Contact: Lyle Amundson , KØLFV
12972 Morningside Drive Merrifield, MN 56465
Phone: 218-765-3100
Email: lmamundson@gmail.com

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/brainerd-tailgate-hamfest-3